The Kansas City Chiefs have already shipped quarterback Alex Smith to the Redskins and the Patrick Mahomes era is underway. After one year of being groomed for the role, Mahomes will be asked to take the franchise out of quarterback purgatory.
The cost to move up in last year’s draft from pick No. 27 to 10 and select Mahomes included 2018’s top pick. In general manager Brett Veach’s first draft as the lead decision-maker, he will need to hit on some later selections to fill needs in the front seven, at offensive guard and at wide receiver. While there are likely some compensatory selections on the way, Kansas City currently has only five picks in the coming draft.
Using the FanSpeak On The Clock Mock Draft Simulator, here is one realistic scenario that would make sense for the Packers.
Round 2, pick 54: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
The Chiefs recently announced that longtime starting linebacker Derrick Johnson will not be re-signed, leaving an immediate need in the middle of Kansas City’s defense.
Replacing Johnson with another fellow Texas Longhorn — Jefferson — is something I can envision the Chiefs doing. In both size and athleticism, Jefferson would fit perfectly playing alongside Reggie Ragland. While his processing skills need work, Jefferson has ideal range and is an impact tackler when he makes clean reads.
Round 3, pick 78: D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
Chark had some struggles along the way but has flashed dominant playmaking skills at times. Averaging over 20 yards per reception during his college career, Chark has the ability to win vertically down the field with excellent speed and ball-tracking skills.
Chark is arguably the best blocking receiver in this class, which is an asset to Andy Reid’s screen-heavy offense. His ability to seal defenders on the perimeter and get vertical makes him a lethal option out of bunch sets.
Checking in at the Senior Bowl at nearly 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds with 33-inch arms, Chark offers size that is lacking in some of Kansas City’s other receivers. He would fit nicely in this offense.
Round 3, pick 86: B.J. Hill, DT, NC State
If Bennie Logan is not re-signed, Kansas City has a major need at nose tackle and keeping Reggie Ragland clear of blocks is a priority for him to be effective.
Enter the 6-foot-3 and 321-pound Hill, who was part of a dominant Wolpack defensive line. Hill is a blend of size, mass, power and mobility for his size who consistently anchors against the run and is capable of collapsing the pocket as a pass rusher.
Hill started over 40 games in the ACC, offering the experience and physical traits needed to step into the defensive line rotation right away.
Round 4, pick 118: Wyatt Teller, G, Virginia Tech
A 43-game starter in the ACC, Teller enters the NFL with plug-and-play upside for an offensive line in need of help at left guard.
Virginia Tech prioritized utilizing Teller as a frontside blocker to open running lanes, pulling him from the backside to make him a playside lead blocker and moving the pocket to provide additional blockers to the side of the rollout. How the Hokies “ran the offense through him” speaks volumes about his ability.
Teller offers power and mobility along with his ideal stature. Teller has a skill set that blends perfectly with Andy Reid’s scheme and what he demands from interior blockers.
Round 6, pick 182: Greg Stroman, CB, Virginia Tech
Coming from Bud Foster’s defense at Virginia Tech, Stroman has the upside to play inside or outside. He has outstanding ball skills, good route anticipation, and is willing to play physically. He is a tad undersized and lacks long speed, but Stroman has a natural feel in coverage and can provide quality depth for Kansas City.